Mondrian Los Angeles
What We Love
- Fish and farm cuisine at the celeb-chef helmed Herringbone restaurant
- Poolside movies and DJ parties at Sayulita, the outdoor lounge and taqueria
- Spectacular views of LA
- Easy access to shopping on 3rd Street and Melrose
What To Know
- Skybar gets packed with Hollywood's pretty people, so some rooms may pick up noise from the scene
- The hotel is popular among twenty- and thirty-somethings
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Acclaimed designer Philippe Starck’s first foray into the Los Angeles hotel scene has made the transition from hectic hot spot to laid-back Sunset Boulevard classic. The minimalist feel of the original Starck design is intact, but since the hotel’s 2008 makeover by Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz, it feels a lot warmer and a little more relaxed, but just as chic. The new design has a touch of Alice in Wonderland whimsy, with oversize flowerpots on the roof deck, wing chairs with hooves for legs, and mod takes on cuckoo clocks. Guest rooms have similarly fantastical details, such as a curvy framed looking glass that’s actually a flat-screen TV and gold lamps that appear to grow from the floor like trees. Even the bathrooms have quirky touches, including a funky silver hand mirror and a wall of hooks that look like beckoning fingers. But there’s a lot of substance to go with the style: rainfall showers, Malin + Goetz products and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city, the hills or the infinity pool. Surrounded by blooming vines and flowering trees, the pool (complete with underwater music) is the place to hang during the day. Skybar’s sexy Moroccan vibe, all teak furniture and glowing metal lanterns, makes it a perennial favorite among Hollywood’s pretty people, with evenings crescendoing into late night dance parties. You’ll find a creative surf-and-turf menu at the Herringbone restaurant—think Edison bulb chandeliers, white Carrara marble and Italian Cypress trees on the patio—while the Sayulita taqueria and tequila bar attracts A-listers with its alfresco lounge, live music, and street-style bites.
In the Area
West Hollywood is LA’s hottest ’hood, and its epicenter is Sunset Boulevard. Perched above that strip, on the precipice between the Hollywood Hills and the vast urban blanket that spreads out toward the Pacific, is the Mondrian. Start your day with a leisurely coffee just down the hill, at King’s Road Café, before browsing the shops on West 3rd Street or Melrose. Then have lunch among Hollywood’s power players at Koi. Work it off with a hike in Runyon Canyon, favorite running spot for celebs and the dogs that love them.
How to Get There
Stayed for a few nights for my birthday (hotel was already prepaid before we arrived) when we arrived we have been charged $1000 security deposit. It did NOT state that anywhere on the paperwork. Needless to say it left me with practically no spending and taxi money etc. Anyway we paid it. It gets better... Few days into the stay, each day they would charge more and more money to my card even though we haven't used the minibar or anything like that, not even drinks in the hotel. Once I've questioned it with reception staff and the response I got was "when your account balance gets low, the hotel gets nervous and adds more charges to cover themselves" yes the account balance was low after paying a disgustingly high security deposit!! It's me who should be getting nervous! More imaginary charges were added when we checked out as well. The rooms were nice but the whole hotel smelt of weed, full of teenagers running around the pool and hotel, using the lobby as a photo shoot studio. Definitely a party hotel. Would avoid like plague which is such a shame but unfortunately would not recommend.
In West Hollywood for a few days on business. Arrived after 2 flights totalling 12 hrs. Just wanted a bed ! Front desk efficient. Room a mini suite. Great bed, kitchenette, mini bar and big seating area with two big screens and a great shower room with all the amenities . Great pool and bar area. However , compulsory $25 a day amenity charge, however, bargain if you use it. $10 daily credit at the bar (use it or lose it, Glass of beer $9.80!) free Wi-fi (basic, premium Charged) free local car transport and free access to gym . So extra compulsory $100 to bill when you arrive , plus $200 per night deposit ... so for a 4 night pre paid stay an extra $920 welcome ... not saying not worth it , but making you aware. Very different to European hotels.
I usually don’t write mediocre reviews but felt like I would have appreciated knowing what I experienced-
The Good: location- especially for nightlife, good vibe and the place smells wonderful.
The Not-So-Good: the vibe is borderline pretentious - the chair I had to use for work was a plastic throne. Also, half of the hotel faces Hollywood Boulevard so your room is directly on a 6 lane highway with traffic all night long.
Would recommend if you’re going to hang out there or for the scene but not for much else.